Did you know that 57% of the American population wear glasses? And that increases to over 90 percent of people in their fifties and over. That’s a lot of used glasses! Did you also know that the estimates of the number of poor people in the world who need glasses are startling?

The World Health Organization reports that approximately 517 million people in developing countries are visually impaired because they do not have access to corrective treatment. I challenge anyone to identify an organization that combines these two facts better than the Lions Club.

The Columbus Lions collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to a Lions eyeglass recycling center for sorting and distribution. Once cleaned and classified by prescription, the glasses are distributed free of charge to those in need in developing countries. Lions also collect used hearing aids which are donated to the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where they are reconditioned and provided to adult residents of Nebraska who demonstrate financial need. So where can you drop off your used glasses and hearing aids? Look for Lions collection boxes or buckets all over town.

Some of the locations are Behlen Mfg., Columbus Community Center, Federated Church, First Nebraska Bank, Gass Haney Funeral Home, Great Western Bank, McKown Funeral Home, Prairie Village, Public Library, NPPD Credit Union and Grandma’s Kitchen. I believe your donations will make a difference in the lives of others and at the same time brighten your day.

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